In yet another incident of media houses running fake news citing anonymous sources leading newspaper TOI today ran a story titled, “CBI confirms rape charge against Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar” which has now proved to be a false news.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has issued a formal statement on its site saying , “In response to media queries related to a new item published today in a National Daily, it is stated that investigation in three cases relating to certain incidents including alleged rape, violence etc. in District Unnao (Uttar Pradesh) is still continuing. CBI has not given any update/conclusion/views with respect to the cases to any media person. All such stories related to said cases published/broadcast in the media recently are purely speculative.”
Earlier, TOI published the news citing its sources and reported that the “The CBI probe in the politically sensitive Unnao gang-rape case has corroborated the survivor’s charge that BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar raped her at his home in Uttar Pradesh’s Makhi village on June 4 last year while his female accomplice, Shashi Singh, stood guard outside the room.”
The story was then cited by other media houses like TheWire.in,India.com, DNA and Asian Age, while TheWire has updated the story it’s still live on other news websites including TOI.
Quoting the agency source TOI report stated, “The girl was raped on June 4 by the MLA after she was brought to his house by Shashi Singh on the pretext of providing her a job. Between June 4 and June 10, the girl didn’t speak as she had been threatened. On June 11, she was abducted by three persons — Shubham Singh, Awadh Narayan and Brijesh Yadav. From June 11 till 19, the girl was kept mostly in an SUV and repeatedly gang-raped by these three while on the move.”
Now that the CBI has denied releasing any such statement we hope that all the publications will issue a clarification and set an example of responsible journalism. It’s sad to see that on one hand these media houses are fighting against fake news and on the other, they themselves are busy in sharing the unverified and false news.